MINERVA is a feminist vision of parenting. Via ethnographic research, interviews, and public workshops, we design a proposal for raising the children of 2047 and consider co-mothering as an alternative to the nuclear family and heterosexual marriage.
Facilitated and imagined by a group of aspiring co-mothers, MINERVA is a feminist vision of the future of parenting and family.
Named after a hypothetical child who has not yet been born, MINERVA explores methods of child-bearing and child-rearing beyond the nuclear family and monogamous heterosexual marriage.
MINERVA is a utopian exercise informed by ethnographic research and studies in anthropology, sociology, child development, and gender theory. The artists interview our own parents, aspiring parents, and non-parental caregivers such as extended family, nannies, and babysitters.
In a series of public workshops, we guide participants in examining their own upbringing and collectively design a personal vision for how to raise a child. We explore concepts such as intentional living communities, group parenting, and non-traditional family structures.
The results will be presented in the form of a manifesto, visual documentation, performative lectures, and a proposal for raising a hypothetical child among a group of co-mothers or co-parents.
Lena Chen (1987, San Francisco, US) is an artist and writer exploring gender, intimacy, and labor. Experimenting with her body and biography as primary media, her practice encompasses participatory art, durational performance, text, poetry, and installation. Named a Progressive Women’s Voices fellow at the Women’s Media Center, Chen spoken at SXSW, re:publica, Yale, Brown, Stanford, and Oxford; featured in CNN, Glamour, Marie Claire, and VICE; and funded by Puffin Foundation and Burning Man Global Arts Fund. She grew up with three generations of her family under one roof and hopes to raise her children with a group of chosen family.
Molly Baber (1994, Brighton, UK) currently studies Fashion Photography at Falmouth University. Inspired by the macabre, occult, and women's rituals, her work has been published by Urban Outfitters, King Kong, and Mammoth. Molly was an au pair at Lauter Leben, an intentional living community in Kanin, Germany. She identifies as lesbian/queer and sees herself co-adopting children.
Travel to Stockholm - €200 per artist
Food/Lodging - €60/artist per day
Website Development - €300
Videography / Documentation - €500
Workshop Materials - €60
For 1 artist: €1120
For 2 artists: €1380
For 3 artists: €1640
Tell us what your ideal family would consist of, by participating in a video interview or survey (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also join us for public workshops in London, Berlin, and Stockholm.
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